Hello, good bookishfolk! I hope the spirits have guided your hands to some excellent reads this Halloween. – What Happened – Given that I’m yet to post a review this month, I think its safe to say that, er, not much happened? Although I did FINALLY get my first cat, who is just the bestest […]Read More What’s up, November?
While I usually focus on sci-fi and fantasy fiction, today I am reviewing Notes from Small Planets, a comprehensive travel guide that will be published tomorrow! Having studied it at length, I can tell you with confidence to toss your golden compass, pawn your Pokédex and flush your babelfish, because, while a little unreliable, it’s […]Read More Notes from Small Planets by Nate Crowley
Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository Publisher: Self-published Publish Date: 6 November 2018 Page Count: 337 pages Ask me to list a few of my favourite tropes in genre fiction, and I’d say things like space travel, complex magic systems, and possession. While I never expected an author to Frankenstein these elements together in a […]Read More The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short
Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop.org (UK) | Book Depository | Hive Publisher: Solaris Publish Date: 28 May 2019 Page Count: 140 pages Ever since I read Dogs of War and Children of Time, I’ve been a huge fan of Adrian Tchaikovsky. He’s an exceptional writer who comfortably flits between fantasy and sci-fi, and uses his interest in zoology […]Read More Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Goodreads | Amazon Publisher: Self-published Publish Date: 31 August 2020 Page Count: 380 pages The Aggressive by Gem Jackson is a gut-wrenching explosion of a debut, and one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read this year. I first heard about it in this positive review, so I was excited when the author offered me a […]Read More The Aggressive by Gem Jackson
– What Happened – Hello, bookfriends! I used a fair amount of annual leave in August, which meant plenty of extra reading time. I was able to get through the five books on my monthly To Be Read list, as well as a bonus two. The House of Styx was a stunning read and is […]Read More What’s up, September?
Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop.org (UK) | Book Depository | Hive | Waterstones Publisher: Penguin Books Publish Date: 28 July 2020 Page Count: 411 pages A slow-burn story about a mother and son on the run, Lauren Beukes’ dystopian thriller Afterland contains some of the most impressive prose I’ve come across recently. It’s a feminist […]Read More Afterland by Lauren Beukes
Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop.org (UK) | Book Depository | Hive Publisher: Angry Robot Publish Date: 9 June 2020 Page Count: 440 pages Red Noise by John P. Murphy has been described as an Akira Kurosawa and spaghetti western-inspired sci-fi romp. Having only a passing familiarity with either of those, I was hoping for some epic […]Read More Red Noise by John P. Murphy
Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop.org (UK) | Book Depository | Hive Publisher: Tor.com Publish Date: 4 August 2020 Page Count: 512 pages This is one of those times I wish I’d read more reviews before jumping into a book because I certainly wasn’t expecting Harrow the Ninth to be such a challenging read. In this […]Read More Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop.org (UK) | Book Depository | Hive Publisher: Angry Robot Publish Date: 8 September 2020 Page Count: 345 pages As a trained phlebotomist, I’m fully qualified to tell you that this book is bloody fun. Chris Panatier’s upcoming debut novel has satisfied a thirst I didn’t know I had for a […]Read More The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier